Arizona Atty Gen Sues Largest Drug Wholesaler For Illegally Jacking Up Prices On Popular Drugs

The nation’s largest drug wholesaler is being sued by the Arizona Attorney General’s office on claims that the firm artificially inflates prices on many of the most popular drugs, in violation of Arizona’s consumer laws.

Associated Press reports that Attorney General Tom Horne announced the lawsuit against McKesson Corp. last week involving drugs like “Allegra, Celebrex, Coumadin, Flonase, Lipitor and Valium.”

“Since this claim alleges markup irregularities on more than 400 drugs over multiple years, the consumer damages were enormous,” Horne said in a statement. “We will ask the court to impose a penalty that recognizes the scope of the scheme.”

“The San Francisco-based company did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. McKesson distributes pharmaceuticals to retailers including Albertson’s, Costco, Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens,” said AP.

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